Aslow walkingtour in the ancient and outstanding Aventino Hill. If you have already visited the “must see” attraction of Rome, or if you are curious to see the hidden treasures of the city, this tour is the best option for your needs.
Enjoy with us a 2.5 slow walking tour in Rome, from the Tevere river bank up to the Aventino hill. This place is one of the seven hills on which Rome was founded back in the 8th century b.C., the southernmost and hardest to reach: that’s why during medieval times monks and knights built here their monasteries and sanctuaries. You will reach the top of the hill through a panoramic path overlooking the Tevere river and the City and then head on to discover more of this awesome historic place in Rome. At the end of the walk relax with a typical ITALIAN APERITIVO for an authentic experience with locals.
You meet our guide just at the foot of the Aventino hill, from here you walk through a recently restyled path that climbs up to the top of the hill. No worries, it is a really soft climb and a very pleasant walk. Once at the top of the Aventino Hill the first stop is at “Giardino degli Aranci” (the garden of oranges). We enter the garden that offers a beautiful view of Rome towards the west and the north of the city, the main actor of this spectacular view is the imposing Dome of ST.Peter's Basilica.
Next to the garden you pass along the first of the medieval Minor Basilicas that stands on the Aventino: the Basilica of Santa Sabina, its very high aisles and the splendid apse with its frescoes are certainly worth a visit.
Next stop of our stroll will be at the Minor Basilica of SS. Alessio e Bonifacio that dates back in the 4th century A.D. A stop and a visit can not be missed! This place is so famous for its magnificent sculptures and mosaics, and the medieval cloister will take you back in time.
We then proceed to enter the Malta Knights square where the Templar Knights used to have their headquarters overlooking the Tevere river. On the left side there stands S. Anselmo with its Catholic University atheneum. This square hides one of the most worldwide famous secrets of Rome: from the lock of one of its arcades it is possible to see the dome of St. Peter in its magnificence and with the green outline of the tall hedges of the garden, getting a magical frame hard to forget.
If there is not too much queue you will also be able to peek from the lock for this absolutely unique visual effect.
We then descend from the Aventino towards Circus Maximus located between the Aventine and Palatine hills: a venue for games since the foundation of the city.
Finally, it is time to enjoy with your local guide a nice break with a typical Italian aperitivo. It is the last chance to have some talk with your friendly guide and say hello till next time!
The tour finishes at the feet of Palatine hill, you can choose to keep walking in the area for a self visit in this outstanding place, or going to visit new places in Rome and enjoy the magnificent eternal City.